Pharma Industry Response to Opioid Epidemic: More Drugs

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Six in 10 U.S. adults take prescription drugs, creating a vast market for new meds to treat the side effects of the old ones. Opioid prescriptions have skyrocketed from 112 million in 1992 to nearly 249 million in 2015, and the nation's dependence on the drugs has reached crisis levels.

Millions are addicted to or abusing prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions say that from 1999 to 2014, more . . .

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